The Clarkfield City Council in tandem with the Clarkfield Fire Department hashed out a tentative deal for the future purchasing of a new fire truck.
The council and fire department agreed to a plan that comprised of the fire department gathering three quotes on a used chassis. After a ballpark figure would be determined, the city council would then meet with the township boards to discuss funding options while the fire department would research neighboring fire districts for how they operate finances.
The deal was made in light of there only being a little over $30,000 in the fire truck replacement fund, yet the need for a safer, more efficient vehicle.
“I’m worried about the vehicles becoming a liability,” Fire Chief Francis Staab said, after fire department members described their concern with their vehicles potentially not starting properly, a function especially needed in an emergency.
However, despite council members agreeing that a new vehicle was needed, the financial situation for scrounging up funds, which could be an estimated $50,000 dollars more, seemed bleak but still doable.
“I’m convinced that this is an important truck for you, but it comes down to money,” Council member Neil Linscheid said. “Do we need to worry more about risk with shortfalls or vehicles not starting? How do we mitigate a risk?”
Dave Smith, a member of the fire truck committee, explained one of their quotes, which was a new truck for roughly $75,000.
“It has more carrying space, it is safer for firemen, and it is a legitimate 25-year investment,” Smith said.
In other news:
• The council discussed an option for the Boyd wastewater deal to be renegotiated so that the percent increase would match that of Clarkfield citizens. This deal would ensure that instead of renewing a contract every two to three years, Boyd would have a contract that could seemingly last forever.
• Public Works Director Jeff Lobdell discussed some ideas to prepare for the 2014 water tower project. The project will affect the quality of water during the period of installation, although will still remain safe.
A proposal included installing a VFD (variable frequency drive) on one of the wells as well as incorporating a backup generator, which the council agreed was something that the city should have regardless of the water tower project